No Charges Against Driver in Trail Days Accident

Published Aug 16, 2014


The scene of the 5-17-13 Hikers Parade accident in Damascus, VA. Deward B. Blevins can be seen sitting in the car that struck dozens of individuals along the parade route.

On Monday evening, May 20, 2013, Damascus, VA, Police Chief Bill Nunley said the driver of the 1997 Cadillac that struck dozens of bystanders during the town's Trail Days Hikers Parade on Saturday will not be charged with any crimes or infractions associated with the accident.

The driver -- 87-year-old Deward B. Blevins of Shady Valley, TN -- is believed to have had a medical emergency that made him lose control of his vehicle.

Police Chief Nunley said, "The gentleman who suffered a medical episode that caused him to lose control of the car is still being treated in an area hospital. Right now, we are not pursuing any criminal charges."

Chief Nunley presented the office of Washington County Commonwealth's Attorney Nicole Price a preliminary report on the incident for their evaluation. The Damascus police department's investigation is ongoing.

Mountain States Health Alliance Communications Manager Teresa Hicks is quoted as saying two victims remain hospitalized in stable condition in Johnson City Medical Center and Johnston Memorial Hospital as of Monday evening.

A fund to help victims has been discussed by organizers of the Trail Days event. You may learn more by Clicking Here.

We are thankful that no one was killed or maimed in this tragedy.

We thank all of the responders for their valiant assistance.

We send our condolences and prayers to those who were hurt in this awful accident.

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